The Raiders typically practice for about two hours each day. But the team cut practice short by about 30 minutes on Wednesday because of wildfires that are sweeping through northern California.
A team spokesperson told Al Saracevic of the San Francisco Chronicle that the Raiders skipped individual position drills to get players off the field and out of the smoke.
“You definitely could smell it. We’ll see. They asked us about how we feel,” running back Jalen Richard said of the smoke.
Bay Area teams, including the Raiders, are uniting to raise money for wildfire relief efforts. The 49ers, A’s, the San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors announced a collective $450,000 contribution, and they’re encouraging fans to chip in through a YouCaring site.
The Raiders will welcome the Chargers to Oakland on Sunday.
On Sunday night’s broadcast on NBC, Al Michaels said he was told by McAdoo there were four separate incidents that involved Rodgers-Cromartie leading to the suspension.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that things escalated when he injured his leg in Week 4 and was pulled from the game:
He came to the sidelines and saw his backup on the field, wanted to continue, but was pulled off the field harshly by the coaches.
He reacted in a demonstrative way, throwing equipment. He was sent to the locker room. An argument ensued post-game. On Tuesday, he was informed he would be inactive today. On Wednesday at the facility, with his situation not yet resolved with McAdoo, he was suspended and left the facility.
Since his suspension, Rapoport said that DRC met with many people close to him, as well as former Giants wide receiver David Tyree, who serves as the team’s director of player development.